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March 31, 2011

South Florida Aveda stylist offer $25 haircuts on Sunday to benefit Everglades

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Get a fabulous haircut from a South Florida Aveda professional stylist for $25 at the Aveda Earth Month Cut-a-Thon on Sunday, April 3, at the Aveda Institute in Davie.

This is a wonderful bargain, since hair services being offered can run as much as a $100 per appointment at an Aveda salon.

From 10 a.m to 4 p.m., Aveda stylists from Miami to Palm Beach will be offering haircuts for $25, styling/blow drying for $25 and manicures or pedicures for $20 to benefit the Everglades Foundation.

A few of the masters participating from SoFla salons include Drew James, Camilla Day Spa, Source, Scott Alan, Van Michael, Truu Salon, Edward James and Salon Utopia. The Cut-a-Thon is part of Aveda's 2011 Earth month celebration. Normally, supervised students perform services at big savings year-round at the school.

Book an appointment by calling 954-990-0484; the Aveda Institute South Florida is located at 4186 S. University Drive in Davie; AvedaFlorida.com.

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Fun April Fool's Day jokes to play on friends, family

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Friday is April 1 and that means you better be on your Ps & Qs all day because your best pal or a family member is probably going punk you with a joke. Beat them to the punch and try one of these fun pranks before they do it to you:

Free e-cards: Send a free e-card from MyFunCards.com saying "You Forgot My Birthday," or that you're pregnant, got fired, won the lottery or are moving to Denmark. There are hundreds of them.

Kid-friendly fun: Disney FamilyFun offers kid-friendly ways to pull a prank. Most of them involve food, but there are printables and other silly ideas for practical jokes. Or check out Parenting.com's 15 silly tricks to play on your family. My fave: Freezing a bowl of water and adding corn flakes on top before you serve to an unsuspecting, hungry teen!

Office pranks: Tell all your coworkers about Google's new Gmail Motion where you control e-mail with your body; AprilFoolZone.com offers a host of crazy things to try, from computer tricks to office pranks, that will have coworkers rolling in their cubicles.

Top web jokes: If you want to create your own Internet prank, get some ideas from AprilFoolsDayOnTheWeb.com. The site lists eight years of the best Web pranks. My favorite is the fake announcement about the new service Google Translate for Animals: Bridging the gap between animals and humans.

Buy it: Check out the fun April Fool's Day merch for sale over at ThinkGeek.com, too. Love th edible iPhone case!

Tell us about your best joke!

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$1 drink, $1 popcorn at Regal Theatres

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Regal Theatres is offering two coupons to save at the movies with a $1 drink or $1 popcorn coupon good Friday through Sunday, April 3.

Regal offers coupons every Tuesday on its Facebook fan page.

Click here for the deal. You can only print them through Friday at 6 p.m., so do it now if you're heading to the movies this weekend.

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March 30, 2011

Winn-Dixie's "Make-a-Meal" deal offers $9 in free food with coffee purchase

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There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but you can score free breakfast at Winn-Dixie markets through April 5.

The grocery chain's new "Make-a-Meal" program gives you four free breakfast items valued at nearly $9 when you buy Maxwell House coffee and you use your Winn-Dixie Customer Reward Card.

Purchase a 31 or 34.5 ounce can of Maxwell House coffee for $11.99 and get for free a box of Armour Sizzle & Serve Sausage, a can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, a box of Quaker Quick Grits and a dozen large eggs. (The deals may vary slighly from store to store.)

In February, Winn-Dixie introduced a new customer reward program called fuelperks!, that offers a discount on Shell gasoline with grocery purchases.

Click here to find a store and see details of the promotion, listed on Page 12 of this week's circular. The deal is good through April 5.

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Free 'Halo Reach' with XBOX 360 Spring Update preview from Microsoft

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Score a free copy of "Halo Reach" for XBOX when you sign up to test Microsoft's XBOX 360 Spring System Update. The company is asking U.S. Live members to help work out the bugs in its new release. The game is valued at $40.

According to a post by Major Nelson on the XBOX blog, Microsoft is inviting thousands to participate in the public preview and is giving priority to XBOX Gold members who sign up to check out the beta, scheduled for release later in the spring.

Click here for the deal.

P.S. If you buy the $15 eBay deal for $7 on Groupon.com you can use it to score a $50 XBOX Live 4,000 Point card for $25 on eBay.com right now!

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March 29, 2011

8 GB Apple iPod Touch and Insignia GPS unit for $204.99

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Get an 8 GB Apple iPod Touch (4th Generation) and Insignia NAV01 GPS both for $204.99 at BestBuy.com. That's a savings of $99 were you to buy them separately.

The Insignia GPS unit has preloaded maps of the United States and 2 million points of interest guide you in your travels on the road.

Click here for the deal.

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AT&T offer for 1,000 free Rollover minutes for iPhone expires Thursday

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Reminder: AT&T is offering 1,000 free Rollover minutes for iPhone when you text YES to 11113020. The offer expires on Thursday, March 31. If you haven't sent a text for your free minutes, time's running out.

An AT&T rep said the company is offering the deal as a thank you to customers.

Click here to see other deals that expire at the end of the month.

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Expiring deals for March

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Here's a rundown of deals that will expire on Thursday, March 31. Click now!

AT&T offer for 1,000 free Rollover minutes for iPhone
Master list of rebates expiring on March 31
$15 eBay gift card for $7 from Groupon.com
Free Pedometer App for iPhone, Android from Extra Gum
Season tickets to Fort Lauderdale Strikers for $100
Free fashionable lunch tote from Lean Cuisine

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$15 eBay gift card for $7 from Groupon.com

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Groupon.com has a national deal for a $15 eBay gift card for $7. The offer is good for the next three days.

You must have registered eBay and PayPal accounts. Be sure to read the find print before you buy.

Click here for the deal.

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March 28, 2011

Vibram FiveFingers for $50 + free shipping

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CitySports.com is offering the World's Ugliest Shoes, Vibram Five Fingers, for $50.

The Performa style sells for $109, so they're a real steal at more than half off.

Click here for the deal. Shipping is free.

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Free: 25 copies of your tax return and 5 pounds of document shredding at Office Depot

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Office Depot is offering three coupons that should come in handy with tax day looming on April 15.

Get for free 25 pages of downloadable tax forms, up to 25 copies of your tax documents and 5 pounds of free document shredding at the Copy & Print Depot inside stores.

Click here for the deal. The coupons expire on April 23.

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March 27, 2011

P&G Future Friendly coupons valued at $13, free Publix reusable bag

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If you're in Publix, be on the lookout for the Proctor & Gamble Future Friendly coupon flyer offering $13 in P&G product savings, a free Publix reusable bag valued at $1 and a mail-in offer for a free $50 National Geographic Wind Power 2.0 Kit with an issue of National Geographic Kids Magazine. I grabbed the flyer by the front entrance on Saturday.

The program is designed to help you save water, energy and waste by using -- surprise -- Procter & Gamble products.

Here's what you get:

$3 off any Duracell Recharger
$1 off Pampers Diapers, Wipse or Pants
55 cents off any Dawn product
$1 off Charmin
$1 off Bounty 2 Huge Rolls
$1 off Tide detergent
$1 off Downy
$1 off Cascade
$1 off Swiffer
$3 off any PUR product
Coupon for free Publix Reusable Tote valued up to $1
Mail-In form for the free $50 National Geographic Wind Power 2.0 Kit with purchase of $25 in P&G products from Publix; offer ends on April 30.

Click here to learn more about the P&G Future Friendly program.

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March 26, 2011

Free Bath & Body Works Country Chic lotion

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Get a free 2-ounce bottle of Bath & Body Work's new Country Chic lotion, valued at $3.50, in stores and online on Saturday. The coupon is being offered through the Bath & Body Works fan page on Facebook. No purchase is necessary.

The new scent is described by the company as a "sparkling blend of lemon, bright wildflowers, and spring woods inspired by the fresh air and natural beauty of America's countryside."

Click here for the deal (you have to be logged into Facebook for it to work). If you order online, use code FBS113664.

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March 25, 2011

Free full-sized Suave Professional products through Facebook

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Suave is giving away 200,000 free full-sized Suave Professionals hair products through Facebook.com.

Like Suave Beauty on Facebook and then click the "Giveaway" tab and fill out the information.

Click here for the deal. Don't wait!

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March 24, 2011

Target beats Walmart for low prices, retail surveys say

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Two recent retail price-comparison studies show that Target's prices are slightly lower than the world's largest retailer Walmart. That's surprising news to me.

According to a March story on CNNMoney.com, the retail consulting firm Customer Growth Partners compared 35 brand-name items sold at both stores in New York, North Carolina and Indiana and found that Target's prices for the items was a whopping $1.94 cheaper than at Walmart. The survey compared milk, cereal and rice as well as clothing, home furnishings and health and beauty products.

A smaller study by Kantar Retail in January ecoed those results, finding Target's prices to be 2.8 percnet cheaper, but found that Walmart's prices on light bulbs, detergent and trash bags were cheaper.

Who's cheaper, Target or Walmart and in which store do you prefer to shop? I vote for Walmart.

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LivingSocial.com launches family-friendly deals in Miami and Orlando

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The Amazon.com-backed daily deal site LivingSocial.com has launched new family-friendly deals in Miami, Orlando and four other markets, the company announced today. The deals typically save customers 50 percent or more off of entertainment and dining.

“As a testament to the widespread demand for handpicked experiences and saving by parents, young adults and kids alike, we’re now live in more than 240 markets worldwide, including offering family-focused deals to 41 new markets this year alone,” said Tim O'Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial, said in a press release Thursday.

The other markets carrying a family edition, with deals being are offered for purchase for three days or more, are Portland, OR; Boston, Salt Lake City and Toronto.

LivingSocial sent an e-mal to subscribers in the launch markets inviting them to sign up for the new deals and promising big discounts similar to the site's Daily Deals but "more family-oriented. Think zoos, museums, day trips, aquariums, art classes, and more. It's a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy South Florida with your family," said the e-mail invitation to Miami subscribers.

Thursday's Miami deal features a $15 purchase for $30 to spend on ceramics and paint sessions at Color Me Mine in Aventura. Orlando's deal is $5 for one adult and one child ticket or a ten-show season pass for one adult and one child to Children's Series Theater
at The POINTE Performing Arts Center in Orlando. Both deals can be purchased for three days.

The one-deal-a-day site's latest forray into niche deals joins LivingSocial's travel-realted deals at Escapes.LivingSocial.com.

Visit LivingSocial.com and click on your city of choice. Family-friendly deals are listed un the "More Deals" tabs in 43 markets, including Miami, Orlando, Portland, OR; Boston, Salt Lake City and Toronto.

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Free pouch of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice

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Sign up to get a free pouch of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice.

The new side dish comes in three flavors: Long Grain & Wild, Whole Grain and Roasted Chicken.

Click here for the deal. Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

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Free advanced screenings of horror film 'Insidious' on Thursday

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Get two free tickets to attend an advanced screening of the forthcoming horror film "Insidious," starring Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey and Patrick Wilson. The movie, from the makers of "Saw" and "Paranormal Activity," opens April 1 (no foolin').

The free screenings are available:

7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Aventura and Winter Park
8 p.m. March 30 in Miami Beach
7:30 p.m. March 31 in Orlando

Click here to sign up in Miami and Orlando. There are advanced screeninings offered in 36 other cities as well.

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Free Southern Style Chicken Sandwich at Church's Chicken

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Here's something to cluck about! Church's Chicken locations in South Florida are offering free Southern Style Chicken Sandwiches valued at $1.99 through April 24 with purchase of a medium drink. You can eat free chicken sandwiches for a whole month!

The new menu offering is an crispy fried all-white-meat chicken breast served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickles.

The sandwich is only available in South Florida right now, but will be added to menus at locations in Central Florida beginning May 30.

Click here to find a Church's Chicken location. The offer is good through April 24.

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March 23, 2011

Get travel-ready with new Sonia Kashuk cosmetic bags at Target

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A few weeks ago, Target was giving away free beauty bags stuffed with samples and coupons and I got mine in the mail yesterday. It's one of the best freebies I think I've ever received. (Did you get yours?) The makeup bag is a really lovely periwinkle blue geometic pattern and is part of Sonia Kashuk's new spring cosmetic bag collection at Target.

The new SK spring cosmetic bags come in six versatile styles of three mix-and-match patterns in solids and stripes. These nylon bags will definitely get you through the security line at the airport with ease and style. Plus, they're priced at a budget-friendly $5.99 to $39.99.

I love the Geo Weekender ($24.99), right. It's a nice, roomy bag with lots of pockets for stashing all my many travel makeup essentials. There is even a matching makeup brush collection!

Click here to browse all the Sonia Kashuk spring cosmetic bags.

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Small gifts: Crate & Barrel candleholders under $6

Fiesta%20candleholder.jpgI was looking for a small gift for a friend and came across these colorful candleholders at Crate & Barrel.

This Fiesta candleholder is only $5.95 and this Kia votive $3.95. The candle will cost more than that!

If you want to go a bit more upscale, check out Crate & Barrel's hurricane candleholders. The store has many attractive varieties. Of course, you can spend even less for candles and candleholders at discount stores. But it's fun to find a gift that's affordable at a trendier store like Crate & Barrel.Crate%20candleholder.jpg

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Free "World Series of Poker: Hold'em Legend" from Amazon Appstore ($4.99 value)

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Amazon.com launched the Appstore for Android on Tuesday and Day Two's deal is a free download of the "World Series of Poker: Hold'em Legend" game for free. It's normally $4.99. The new Appstore will offer a free Android app every day.

Amazon kicked things off yesterday by giving away Rovio's "Angry Birds Rio" game, which normally costs 99 cents.

Click here for the deal.

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March 22, 2011

Coupons: $1-off Minute Maid OJ, Dove Bars, $5-off Purina Dog Food and more

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Visit our Sentinel Deals fan page on Facebook to find links to the following high-value coupons:

$3 off on a Schick Intuition Razor
$1 off a 64-ounce Minute Main Orange Juice
$1 off DOVE Ice Cream Bars
$5 off Prina Pro Plan Dog Food
Free $25 Restaurant.com eGift Card with every order until 5 p.m.

This week at Publix, I saved more than $35 using coupons from Sunday's newspaper and the Internet. How much did you save this week?

Click here for the deals.

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Amazon.com introduces Appstore for Android with free download of "Angry Birds Rio"

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Update: Amazon's deal today is a free download of "World Series of Poker: Hold 'em Legends," which is a $4.99 value. -- DC

Amazon.com has launched the Appstore for Android today, offering for free Rovio's "Angry Birds Rio" game, which normally costs 99 cents. The new Appstore will offer a free Android app every day.

The company announced the new service along with a feature called "Test Drive" in which you can test apps before you buy on a simulated Android phone where you control the app through your computer's mouse.

You can also access the new Amazon Appstore on your phone with a new mobile app, the press release said. You can't access the new Appstore with AT&T service -- yet. The company is working with AT&T, it said in a separate post.

In addition to "Angry Birds Rio," there loads of other free Android apps available on Amazon.com right now.

Click here to browse all the free apps.

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March 21, 2011

Free with rebate list: Free food, personal care, entertainment and more

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Check out our list detailing hundreds of dollars worth of mail-in manufacturer rebates and free products organized by expiration date. Remember, you must follow the directions exactly on the rebate forms to get your money back.

New rebates added: IAMS pet food, Rain-X Wiper Blades with free umbrella and Starbucks VIA Taste Promise.


REBATE OFFERS:
Appliances: Energy Star Special Offers and Rebates list for various manufacturers from U.S. Department of Energy.
Kitchenaid: Rebates on food processors ($20) and mixers ($30); expires March 26
Keebler: Get $3.89 back with purchase Keebler Wheatables Original Golden Wheat or Keebler Wheatables Toasted Honey Wheat Crackers; expires March 30.
Rain-X Wiper Blades: Get up to $10 back and a free umbrella; expires March 31.
3M: $5 in McDonald's Gift Certificates with purchasee of 3M Post-It, Smead Products; expires March. 31.
HP Printer Ink: Link to three offers from HP; expires March 31.
Kellogs: Free Movie DVD offer; expires March 31.
Land O Lakes Buttter With Olive Oil: Buy one, get coupon for a free Land O Lakes Butter With Olive Oil valued at $2.99; expires April 30.
3M: Buy Post-It recycled products, they'll plant a tree; expires April 30.
Kellogs: Free $12 movie ticket offer; exires May 30.
Febreze: $3.50 back on Febreze Noticeables Oil Warmer; expires June 30, 2012.
IAMS dry dog or cat food: With purchase; expires Aug. 30
Kellogs: Get $4.49 back with purchase of Kellogs FibrePlus Cereal; expires Nov. 30.
Physicians Formula: Get up to $10.95 back on purchase of Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Primers; expires Nov. 30; Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum; expires Dec. 31;
Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Mascara; expires Dec. 31.
Just for Men: $9.50 back on Touch of Gray hair color; expires Dec. 31.
Kohl's: List of rebates offered through the department store on small appliances; various expiration dates.


MONEY-BACK GUARANTEES:

Liquid Plumbr: $5 and $9 refund; expires June 30.
Clorox 2 Stain Fighter: Get $7 refund if not satistied; expires June 30
Swiffer: Full refund on variety of Swiffer Starter Kits; expires June 30.
Draino: Refund of up to $8.75 on Draino Max Gel; expires July 30.

Starbucks VIA Taste Promise: get free pound of coffee; expires Aug. 31
Heinz: $3.99 refund on Heinz Cocktail Sauce; expires Sept. 30.
Neuragen: Refund on all Neuragen Pain Relief solutions; No expiration date.

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Cuisinart Food Processor for $99.99 (was $300)

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Amazon.com has a white Cuisinart 11-cup Pro Custom Food Processor for $99.99. It usually sells for $300.

The processor has an extra large feed tube and comes with a steel blade, dough blade, three slicing and shredding discs and a spatula. It also has a five-year warranty on the motor and three-year limited warranty on the entire unit.

Click here for the deal. Don't wait!

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Six free downloads of 'Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #1-6'

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Geek alert!

Download for free the first six installments of "Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith" e-book short stories for Kindle from Amazom.com.

This series of short stories, offered by Random House Digital, tells the "fate of the Jedi's forgotten Sith castaways, their battle to survive, and their quest to re-conquer the galaxy!" according to the story description.

Click here for the deal.

Also, you don't need a Kindle e-book reader. Download Kindle Reader for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android Phone.

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March 19, 2011

PopCap's 'Plants vs. Zombies' for iPad, iPhone on sale, benefits Red Cross

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PopCap, the makers of popular game apps "Plants vs. Zombies" and "Bejeweled 2," is putting its most popular game titles for iPhone and iPad on sale through Sunday and donating all proceeds to the International Red Cross to help relief efforts in Japan.

Get six popular titles for 99 cents for iPhone and two for iPad for $1.99.

Click here for the deal. The offer ends on Sunday, March 20.

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Free gifts at Bath & Body Works I Love Fragrance Event on Saturday

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Bath & Body Works is having an "I Love Fragrance Event" in stores on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and giving away great free gifts with a purchase.

Get ready for spring and check out all the fresh, new scents at the free, one-day event. Plus, you get a cute pink tote bag and free full-sized Country Chic body lotion valued at $15.50 with any Signature Collection purchase (while supplies last.) Plus, take a fragrance personality test and vote on the next summer fragrance, too.

Also, print out this coupon good for a free travel sized item valued at $5 good with your purchase, too!

Click here for the deal.

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Free 60-day trial at BJ's Wholesale Club

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BJ's Wholesale Club is offering a free 60-day trial membership with full benefits for up to two people per household for new members. There is no surcharge at checkout with this offer. Print the pass and take it to the service desk before you begin shopping. A 12-month membership to the club costs $50.

Shopping at a wholesale club can save money by buying in bulk. You can save on gas, too. Plus, the club offers its own coupons and takes manufacturers coupons to save even more money.

Click here for the deal. There are locations all over Central and South Florida. The trial must be activated by July 5.

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March 18, 2011

Free CPR classes at South Florida Red Cross, Walgreens on Saturday

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Take a free basic CPR class beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday for the "Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday," sponsored by the American Red Cross, and Walgreens and Safeway stores.

The classes, which normally cost $25, are being offered at more 100 locations around the country. Classes last about an hour and include instruction in hands-only CPR, controlling external bleeding and managing shock.

In Palm Beach County, register for the 10 a.m. classes by visiting PBTCRedCross.org or calling 800-833-0599. The classes will be held at:

Walgreens at 1001 SW 2nd Avenue, Boca Raton
Walgreens at West Palm Beach District Office, 901 Northpoint Pkwy, Suite #105, West Palm Beach
Walgreens at 4860 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens

In Mami-Dade and Broward counties, the classes will be held on the hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.. Register by visiting SouthFloridaRedCross.org or by calling 305-644-1200 or 954-797-3800 register. The classes will be held at:

Broward County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 6710 West Sunrise Blvd., Suite 111, in Plantation
Walgreens at 1723 E. Young Circle in Hollywood
Walgreens at 3715 N.W. 7th Street in Miami

Get more information at Redcross.org/SaveaLife.

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Save 50 percent on 'Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate' South Florida tickets

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Get 50 percent off on "Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate" tickets with Kraft Singles package wrappers.

The show is described as "one colossal party on ice with all your beloved Disney friends in an incredible medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe."

Each cheese wrapper gets you 50 perent off on two tickets to South Florida shows on March 24-27 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise and March 30-April 3 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Ticket prices range from $16 to $50.

Bring the Kraft cheese wrappers to the box office to get your discount or enter the promotional code found on your KRAFT Singles package for shows scheduled at least 2 weeks away.

Click here for the deal.

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March 17, 2011

Send a free, personalized St. Patrick's Day e-card from JibJab

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Top 'O the morning to you! Today promises to be filled with blarney and plenty of green beer, so why not create a personalized, animated St. Patrick's Day e-card for free from JibJab.com!

You, and all the lads and lasses (or anyone!) can star in "Beer! Beer! Beer!" and ya won't need to find a rainbow and pot 'o gold to do it. Upload a photo of yourself and up to four others into the faces of singing and dancing leprechauns and then share your silly video creation in an e-mail or on Facebook.com. It's beyond the pale.

Click here for the deal and remember: An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth. -- Compliments of QuoteGarden.com

By the way, be sure to follow along on SunSentinel.com as Go Guide blogger Ben Crandell and his trusty sidekick McG stagger from pub to pub swilling green beer beginning 8 a.m. Thursday.

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March 16, 2011

Looking for a sundress? Try Target

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Every year about this time I begin my search for the perfect sundress. Perhaps I'm looking in the wrong place. How about Target?

I recently saw this cute black (also in other colors) sundress from Libertine for $29.99, and many others at Target.

Target has a long list of designers for its spring dress collection that include Luella Bartley, Jovovich-Hawk, Zac Posen, and Proenza Schouler.

So step into spring and summer with a collection of sundresses. Of course, they're always the thing to wear in sunny South Florida.

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Free deluxe samples of Sephora Full Action Mascara, Lancome Genifique

7-in-1Mascara.jpgGet a free deluxe sample Sephora Collection 7-in-1 Full Action Mascara with a coupon good at Sephora Inside JC Penney.

This mascara does it all: Volumizes, lengthens, curls, separates, strengthens, protects and nourishes -- and it's free!

Click here for the coupon. It expires on April 7. Note: The coupon is only honored at Sephora Inside JC Penney stores.

Bonus deal: Click here to get a coupon good for a seven-day supply of Lancome's Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate. It expires on March 31.

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March 15, 2011

Groupon deals on Sunday newspaper subscriptions today!

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If you missed the last Groupon offer for a one-year Sunday subscription to the Sun Sentinel for $10, check out today's Palm Beach Groupon deal. It's offered again today. $117 value! Check out the fine print, new customers, eligible zip codes only, etc.

You can only buy one per household, but if you like to have multiple coupon inserts, don't tell anyone you saw it here, but you can get the same deal in Miami today with another paper (one that also has Sunday coupons.) It was their deal yesterday, but its still available, look at the Groupon/Miami page, list on the right.

Voila, enough coupons to use two on those BOGOs, delivered right to your door!! No more digging in recyclers....we are movin' on up! Shhhhh....it's our secret.

Click here for Groupon deals. Just register to be a Groupon member, then surf your way to the Palm Beach and/or Miami offers.

Super Saver Kathy

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Free bag of IAMS dog or cat food with rebate

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IAMS is offering free bags of premium dog and cat food with a purchase and mail-in rebate.

Here's how to get a coupon for the free pet food:

Purchase a 2-pound (or larger) IAMS dry dog food or a 1.8-pound bag of dry cat food, print the rebate certificate, mail it with the UPC code from the package along with the dated receipt showing purchase before June 30. Also include the store name.

IAMS will then send you a coupon for the freebie. This is a great deal if you regularly buy IAMS products.

Click here to get the rebate forms. They must be postmarked by Aug. 30.

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March 14, 2011

Free 'Angry Birds Seasons' game for St. Paddy's Day for iPhone, Android

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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Rovio's free "Angry Birds Seasons" game get an Irish update with a touch of blarney. Download the free game for iPhone and Android and use slingshots to launch birds at stupid-looking pigs wearing leprechaun hats. (If you already have the game, this is an update.)

The highly addictive game offers 15 levels, two golden eggs and lets you send a St. Patrick's Day greeting to your friends, too.

The Angry Birds star in the forthcoming animated "Rio," set for release on April 15.

Click here for the deal for iPhone, iPod.
Click here for the deal for Android.

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March 13, 2011

Even more pictures from Shop-O-Matic event at Bloomingdales!

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gary4.jpgMmmmm...nothing better than a massage! Lucien Leremia from Lifetime Fitness, Jessie Thomas and publicist Samantha Gurowski.
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Maxine Weir 'purples' Kathy at the Bobbi Brown counter, while Faith Sercus, counter manager at Guerlain, helps Marcia with her 'tan.'.


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March 12, 2011

Shopping today? Here's savings passes at Macy's, JC Penney, Gap and more

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If you're heading out shopping today, here's a few savings passes:

Macy's: Extra 15 percent off everything; expires March 12
JC Penney: $10 of a $50 purchae or $15 off $75; expires March 12
Old Navy: $5 off $25 purchase through Facebook; expires March 17
Gap: Sign up mobile number with Gap and get $50 to spend for $25
Stein Mart: 20 percent off any one item; expires March 16
Bath & Body Works: Free lip item with any full-sized True Blue Spa purchase; expires March 13
Bath & Body Works: Free travel sized item with any purchase; expires March 23
Payless Shoes: 15 percent off any purchase; expires March 31
Haagen Dazs: Free Midnight Dazzler with eClub signup
Dollar General: 30 percent off home decor, housewares; expires March 13
Publix: Free gas: Save $10 off a $50 fuel card with coupon; expires March 16

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Google launches Person Finder tool for Japan earthquake

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Google gives new meaning to the term "search engine" with the launch of an application to aid in the search for Japanese Earthquake victims.

The Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake app creates records for missing and found persons into a database and then matches them up to aid in identifying injured and missing persons following the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan on Thursday.

The tool is offered as a companion on the Google Crisis Response home page, which offers a clearinghouse of information on alarms and warnings, disaster message boards, transportation status and maps.

The Person Finder tool asks "What is your situation?" and then gives two search options:

"I'm looking for someone" allows you to enter the person's name. "I have information about someone" lets you enter the family and given names and provide more information about the person.

As of Saturday, March 12, more than 50,000 records (and growing) were being tracked. The tool will be helpful as a central database for loves ones, relief agencies and goverments in helping to identify victims.

Google offered the search tool following earthquakes in Haiti in 2010 and New Zeland in February.

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Free gas: Save $10 off a $50 fuel card at Publix

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This week's Publix flyer offers a great deal: Free gas.

Grab the coupon on Page 14 and save $10 off the purchase of a $50 gas card when you buy $25 worth of groceries.

Click here for the deal, enter your zip code and go to Page 14, or grab a flyer in the store. The coupon expires on March 16.

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Free Midnight Dazzler from Häagen-Dazs Shops ($6.25 value)

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Join the Häagen-Dazs eClub and get a coupon e-mailed to you for a free Midnight Dazzler frozen treat valued at $6.25.

The yummy treat is made with scoops of Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Cookies & Cream ice cream and three layers of crushed cookies and fudge. We won't bother to list the nutritional info here.

Click here for the deal. Or, sign up without Facebook by clicking here.

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March 11, 2011

Fun & fabulous evening at Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash at Bloomingdale's on Thursday

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The lovely ladies who read the Sun Sentinel print edition and Shop-O-Matic blog turned out in force for the Sun Sentinel Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash at Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton on Thursday night.

It was truly a girl's night out as hundreds of fans got their glam on while trying out the latest beauty trends for spring at the 15 participating cosmetic counters. Attendees got a Little Brown Bag stuffed with cosmetic samples along with a chance to win one of 14 fabulous raffle prizes of spring cosmetics.

The long menu of services offered to guests included Chanel helping you to "Shake Up Your Makeup" and try its new Vitalumière Aqua foundation along with a sample to take home; Laura Mercier was offering the Flawless Face; Clarins offered The Perfect Tan with its amazing range of self-tanners, shopomatic3 Lancome's National Makeup Artist Robert Cook was in the house painting pouts, while across the way at Sue Devitt Beauty, facials and makeovers were in full progress. Borghese offered "Mad for Mud" spa treatments and "Lady Di" over at Dior was offering lessons in the Perfect Eye. There were a cadre of professional makeup artists working their magic on women in chairs at Estee Lauder, Nars, Bobbi Brown, Shiseido, MAC, Guerlain and Clinique, too. Icing on the cake was relaxing chair massages offered by Lifetime Life Spa.

In addition to getting primped and pampered, Bloomie's offered refreshing pink lemonade and raspberry vodka cocktails at the open bar and yummy hors d'œuvres of shrimp, baked brie and other bite-sized treats (loved that Key lim pie!) passed by super-hunky servers. They were dancing in the aisles as music from the DJ further added to the festive atmosphere. (Overheard at the bar: shopomaticevent4.JPG "I'm going to the men's department. I need man.")

Click here to see more photos from the fun-filled evening.

We have more Shop-O-Matic events planned this year, so stay tuned and tell us what you thought in the comments!

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March 10, 2011

Sign up mobile number with Gap and get $50 to spend for $25

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Forget Groupon.com! The Gap is cutting out the middle man.

Sign up with your mobile number and the Gap will send you a code good for $50 worth of merchandise for $25 redeemable at Gap, Gap Kids, Baby Gap and Gap Body stores through March 16.

Click here to enter your mobile number and get the code. You must show it at the store to get the discount.

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Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash at Bloomingdales in Boca on Thursday

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UPDATE: All the tickets might be gone, but that doesn't mean you can't join us for a spring fling with cosmetics! (Tickets were to reserve a gift bag for the first 100 attendees to arrive at 6 p.m.) But, you can still join in all the fun and festivities and get pampered and pretty at the cosmetics counters, enter the raffles for great prizes and enjoy the DJ, drinks and light bites, too! Hope to see you tonight!

Join the Sun Sentinel shopping bloggers for an exclusive preview of the season's hot makeup collections from all your favorite prestige brands at the Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash.

The fun gets started at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Bloomingdale's at Town Center, 5840 Glades Road, Boca Raton.

Particpating cosmetic counters include Shiseido, Nars, Sue Devitt, Bobbi Brown, Guerlain, Dior, Laura Mercier, Clinique, Borghese, Chanel, MAC, Clarins, Estee Lauder, Lancome and Strivectin.

Test out all the hot new spring beauty collections, get free makeovers and makeup lessons from experts and get a chair massage, all while enjoying music and light refreshments.

Plus, you can win great spring cosmetics prizes and the first 100 with a ticket to arrive take home a free gift bag of goodies, too, compliments of Bloomies.

RSVP to SunSentinel.com/BeautyBash. Space is limited so get your ticket today.

See you Thursday!

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Bloomies tonight!

A very quick hello from Super Saver Kathy. The shopping babe, Doreen, has put together a nice event at Bloomingdales in Boca Raton for the bloggers to meet our readers.

Come and tell me how much you miss Coupon Chaos! I sure miss you...AND your strategic shopping tips.

Super Saver Kathy

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Free Petite Treats at Starbucks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

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Starbucks is turning 40 and to celebreate, the coffee chain is giving away a free Petities with a drink purchase, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, through Saturday, March 12.

The new tiny treats are cake pops on a stick and come in three flavors: Birthday Cake, Rocky Road and Tiramisu. The chain is introducing eight new bite-size confections that come in under 200 calories. The other small sweets are mini cupcakes in carrot cake and peanut butter flavors, Lemon Sweet Squares, Salted Caramel Sweet Squares and Red Velvet Whoopie Pie.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Sorrento "For the Love of Lasagna" and "Jiffy Mixes" cookbooks

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Get free cookbooks from Sorrento cheese and Jiffy Mixes.

Sorrento's "For the Love of Lasagna" offers some intriguing recipes for the layered Italian dish, from Seafood Lasagna With Pesto and Roasted Peppers to Lasagna Rolletes With Asparagus and Prosciutto or, my fave, Chocolate Pistachio Cannoli Lasagna. Sign me up! Click here for the deal.

The free 68-page “Jiffy Mixes” recipe book from the Chelsea Milling Company was recently updated. It features easy-to-make appetizers, entrees and desserts using the economical quick mixes. Click here for the deal. View a PDF of the cookbook at that link, too.

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March 9, 2011

Free 9V Rayovac batterys on Facebook

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Like the Rayovac fan page on Facebook.com at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, and get a coupon for a free 9V battery. Rayovac is giving away 3,000 free batteries -- 2,000 9V Lithiums and 1,000 9V Alkalines along with coupons to save on multi packs of both types.

The promotion is to remind you to change your smoke detector batteries for Daylight Savings Time, which goes into Sunday, March 13, when we turn the clocks ahead at 2 a.m.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Golden Treasure Shrimp at Panda Express on Wednesday

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Get a free entree of Golden Treasure Shrimp from Panda Express with a coupon on Wednesday, March 9. No purchase is necessary.

The Asian fast food chain's latest creation is crispy tempura shrimp tossed with fresh bell peppers in a zesty citrus sauce.

Click here for the deal. There are locations all over Central and South Florida.

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March 8, 2011

Spring into spring with New York & Co. dresses

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This black and white print dress is priced at $59.95. There also are wrap-style dresses and ruffle skirts, all nice additions for warmer weather.

See more selections at New York & Company.

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New comic book to feature superhero Charlie Sheen

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It's a Bird... It's a Plane...It's Charlie Sheen!

Able to leap tall whorehouses in a single bound without dropping his crack pipe, the former "Two and a Half Men" bad boy will be featured in an upcoming comic book series entitled "Infamous: Charlie Sheen" from Bluewater Productions.

With Sheen's unmatched super powers of tiger blood and Adonis DNA paired with his penchant for prostitutes and drugs, he sure sounds like a graphic novel.

The 32-page biographic comic, penned by Mark Shapiro and drawn by Fred Grivaud, will chronicle the troubled actor's outrageous behaviors and touch on substance abuse and mental health issues, said its creators, accourding to a press release. It will retail for $3.99 and is due out this summer. Unfortunately, we may already know the ending.

Click here to read more and preorder your copy today!

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Season tickets to Fort Lauderdale Strikers for $100

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In honor of Fort Lauderdale's 100th birthday, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers are offering a deal on season tickets for $100 in March.

The "Striker Liker" package deal includes 14 tickets to regular season home games, a bonus ticket to U.S. Open Cup or friendly match, invitation to Strikers jersey unveiling party, a Strikers T-shirt, Founders parking zone and tailgate party and priority access to tickets for playoffs, friendly matches and other special events.

There are also "Mini Founders" season tickets available for $25 for kids ages 3-17 and $50 for adults which includes 5 home games of the season, a T-shirt and an invitation to the Strikers Jersey unveiling party.

Opening day is scheduled for April 9 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale as the Strikers face off against FC Edmonton. The season runs through Sept. 24.

Click here for the deal.

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Free candy, drink, Wisk and stroller from CVS/Pharmacy

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CVS/Pharmacy is offering a coupon good for free candy or a beverage when you sign up with your ExtraCare card number and e-mail address through Facebook.com. Other deals being offered: A free sample of Wisk laundry detergent with coupon and an offer for a free $17.99 baby stroller with purchase of baby products.

Candy, drink: Like CVS and then click on the "Special Offers" tab. After you sign up, the coupon will be e-mailed to you. Click here for the deal. Sign up through March 10. The coupon expires on March 13.

Wisk: Click here to sign up for the sample and coupon.

Stroller: Get a free umbrella stroller valued at $17.99 when you spend $25 on select baby products. See the offer on Page 9 of Sunday's circular.

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March 7, 2011

Walmart stores now taking competitor coupons

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Walmart is now taking competitor coupons and also allowing coupons to exceed the price of the items with the extra change being applied toward the cost of the your purchase. The world's largest retailer revised its policy on March 2.

Coupons you can now use:
Manufacturer coupons
Print-at-home Internet coupons
Competitors' coupon that feature a specific item for a specified price
Soft drink container caps
Check-out coupons, or "Catalinas," printed on competitors' register tape (with bar codes)

Coupons you can't use:
Print-at-home Internet coupons that require no purchase
Competitors' coupons for dollars/cents or percentage off, buy one get one free, and double- or triple-value coupons

Click here to read and download a copy of Walmart's new coupon policy. Print it out and bring it with you to the store, just in case a question arises at the register.

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March 6, 2011

Free cosmetic bag filled with samples, coupons from Target

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Take a short survey from Target and get a cute cosmetic bag filled with samples and $25 in coupons from Nivea, Olay, Sauve, Sally Hansen, Revlon and more.

Click here for the deal. They'll go quick!

P.S. Here's a bonus $5-off coupon for any Physicians Formula product. It expires on June 15.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash at Bloomingdales in Boca on Thursday

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UPDATE: All the tickets might be gone, but that doesn't mean you can't join us for a spring fling with cosmetics! (Tickets were to reserve a gift bag for the first 100 attendees to arrive at 6 p.m.) But, you can still join in all the fun and festivities and get pampered and pretty at the cosmetics counters, enter the raffles for great prizes and enjoy the DJ, drinks and light bites, too! Hope to see you tonight!

Join the Sun Sentinel shopping bloggers for an exclusive preview of the season's hot makeup collections from all your favorite prestige brands at the Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash.

The fun gets started at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Bloomingdale's at Town Center, 5840 Glades Road, Boca Raton.

Particpating cosmetic counters include Shiseido, Nars, Sue Devitt, Bobbi Brown, Guerlain, Dior, Laura Mercier, Clinique, Borghese, Chanel, MAC, Clarins, Estee Lauder, Lancome and Strivectin.

Test out all the hot new spring beauty collections, get free makeovers and makeup lessons from experts and get a chair massage, all while enjoying music and light refreshments.

Plus, you can win great spring cosmetics prizes and the first 100 with a ticket to arrive take home a free gift bag of goodies, too, compliments of Bloomies.

RSVP to SunSentinel.com/BeautyBash. Space is limited so get your ticket today.

See you Thursday!

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Spring beauty looks bloom light & bright

Spring is ready to, well, spring, and we're ready for a fling with lovely trends blooming at beauty counters in South Florida department stores. The uberhot trends include flawless foundations; soft, feminine pastels for eyes and cheeks; and bold, matte lips. It's time to shed those violent violets from fall and winter and lighten and brighten up with limited-edition collections in corals, pinks, yellows and lilacs.

JOIN US! Check out all the new spring looks at the Shop-O-Matic Beauty Bash at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Bloomingdale's in Boca Raton. Click here to get a ticket!

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Chanel's collection consists of a pearly palette of roses, peaches and corals and greens. But the big news here for South Florida fashionistas is the new oil-free Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup with SPF 15 ($45). Formulated with mineral-coated pigments to minimize the effects of perspiration and oil, this product promises to be a godsend in the death throes of steamy summer. This lightweight liquid slips on like silk and offers invisible-yet-full coverage. It's available in 10 shades of rose and beige — and is worth every single penny.

Bobbi Brown's limited-edition Peony & Python collection paints purples and pinks on pouts with the creamy Lilac Rich Lip Color with SPF 12 and Pale Peony Rich Color Gloss ($22 each). The soft lilac and grey eye shadows in the Peony & Python Palette ($50) are nothing to blink at, either. They're just plum pretty and, as always, glide on like a dream.

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Erase dark under-eye circles and fight fine lines with Sue Devitt's new Microquatic Bioluminescence Illuminating Concealer with SPF 20 ($25). This super-emollient coverup has light-reflecting properties along with Australian botanicals, antioxidant orchid extracts and Vitamin E. It comes in four shades.

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Soften up with the Clarins Neo Pastels Collection, right. The Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Colour ($28) in Miami Pink offers the perfect blend of matte and iridescent to get you glowing in the right direction. Pull off the hot matte lip look with Rouge Hydra Nude Smoothing Lipstick ($24) in four rich, moisturizing shades.

It's total infatuation with Estee Lauder's Pure Color Orange Crush Collection inspired by Derek Lam, straight off New York Fashion Week runways. The Pure Color Gloss and Eye Shadow ($20 each) look fantastic on all skin tones. Also tops for tips are the Pure Color Nail Lacquers in Hot Coral, Mega Fuchsia, Purple Passion and, for daring gals, Wicked Green and Wild Blue ($19).

You can't get much bolder than Lime Crime's D'Lilac's and My Beautiful Rocket opaque lipsticks ($16 each). This hip line's motto is: "So bright, it's illegal!" And these super-bold, long-wearing formulas in 10 shades are not for the faint of heart. (Get 'em at the Space NK counter at Bloomies.)

Go completely Gaga with MAC's nude-shaded Viva Glam Gaga 2 Amplified Crème Lipstick or Lipglass ($14.50), inspired by the Lady herself. Plus, your purchase benefits the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Want to get the hot matte lip look without buying a new lipstick? Just apply your favorite lipstick and dust a little translucent powder over lips. Voila!

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Free online golf game lets you play St. Andrews, Pebble Beach

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Play a round of golf at St. Andrews and never leave your living room with the free World Golf Tour at WGT.com.

This online golf game, in beta testing, is pretty realistic and the game's graphics are above par.

Sign up with an e-mail address, pick your golfer's name, select an avatar (upload your photo if you wish) and then, get a quick lesson.

After a few practice swings, you're ready to tee off at St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Bali Hai, Kiawah Island, Edgewood Tahoe, Harbour Town or Wolf Creek. There are tournament modes, too, and you can visit the pro shop.

You can join a game or invite your friends to play and it won't cost you a dime.

Click here for the deal. Fore!

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March 4, 2011

Find out how lasers treat body fat at 1 p.m. today in our Health Chat

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Find out how lasers, ultrasounds and other cutting-edge procedures can treat unwanted fat in our hour-long web chat at 1 p.m. Friday with noted dermatologist and best-selling author Dr. Leslie Baumann at SunSentinel.com.

Dr. Baumann is a board certified dermatologist, researcher and expert on cosmetic dermatology and skin care. She also is the author of "Skin Type Solutions."

Dr. Baumann, head of the Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami Beach and former Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami, is the author of "Skin Type Solutions," which helps take the guesswork out of skin care and shopping for products. She also writes The Skin Guru blog.

If you can't make the chat, e-mail question in advance to healthchats@SunSentinel.com.

Ask the good doctor all your questions about slimming down with lasers live at 1 p.m. on Friday!

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Free fries on Friday at Chick-fil-A

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My foodie pal John Tanasychuk who writes the dining blog Sup: Eating around South Florida reports there are free waffle fries today at Chick-fil-A from 2 to 4 p.m.

Click here to see how to get them.

Also, be sure to read John T's blog and like his Facebook fan page for great freebie dining deals and other news and events happening on the South Florida dining scene.

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15% savings pass for Kohl's this weekend

Get 15 percent off with this savings pass from Kohl's from Friday, March 4, to Sunday, March 6.
Or use code GET15EXTRA at www.Kohls.com.

Kohls is always a great place to find sales but when there's an across-the-board 15 percent pass, you can pick up those household items you've been eyeing or spruce up your spring wardrobe.

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Free Redken Intra Force hair care kit ($39 value)

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Get a free Redken Intra Force Stater kit for thinning hair that include shampoo, toner and scalp treatment valued at $39.

Answer a few questions and get the free 30-day supply of this premium brand of hair care available in salons.

Click here for the deal. Don't wait! This won't be around for long.

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March 3, 2011

Free McAfee security software helps protect Facebook accounts, PCs

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Like McAfee on Facebook.com and get a free six-month subscription to McAfee security software to help protect your Facebook account and PC from malicious virus infections.

McAfee makes the offer is in partnership with Facebook.com. The software is designed to protect your social networking account and personal computer by scanning your account for viruses from malicious sites. Read more about the partnership and how it improves virus security on the Facebook blog.

If infected files are found on your account, the McAfee program detects them for removal and then offers help to restore your account.

Click here for the deal. After the six-month trial is over, you will be offered a discount on purchase of the software.

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March 2, 2011

MyGallons.com lets you hedge against high price of gas

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The website MyGallons.com lets you buy gas online at today's prices and use it when the fuel prices rise. You buy a membership and purchase the fuel through the company. It's sort of like joining a warehouse club like Cosco to save on fuel purchases.

It's hard to believe you might want to consider pre-purchasing gas at $3.50 a gallon, but considering news reports are saying gas could hit $5 a gallon due to protests and unrest in Libya, this might make a good buy. (Check out our handy, dandy gas calculator.)

Consumers and business with fleets can purchase an annual membership for $30 and $79, respectively, and then pre-purchase the fuel online, locking in the current price. Then, when prices rise, you can cash-in the fuel at today's price. You decided when to cash in your reserves. The more prices rise, the more you can save.

Let's say you purchase 200 gallons of fuel today at $3.35 for $670. Should gas prices rise to $5, and you choose to cash it in, you would save $330. The savings can be put into your checking account or loaded on a MyGallons Fuel Savings Card, which costs an additional $5.

The site offers current fuel prices by state and a savings calculator as well as the latest news on gas prices.

MyGallons has a money-back guarantee within 30 days of joining. You'll get a full refund of your membership fee plus the company will process a return for unused gallons.

Click here to learn more.

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Free $20 gift card from AT&T with AutoPay signup

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Enroll to pay your monthly AT&T wireless bill automatically with a Mastercard and get a free $20 gift card.

Also, if you have an Mastercard that offers frequenty-flyer miles, this is a great way to rack 'em up, especially if you have a large monthly bill for bundled AT&T services.

Click here for the deal. The card will arrive in 4-6 weeks.

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March 1, 2011

Free one year Amazon Prime for college students ($79 value)

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College students (or anyone with a .EDU e-mail address) can get one-year of Amazon Prime shipping benefits for free through the Amazon Student program, a $79 value.

Sign up with an .EDU address and unlimited two-day shipping form Amazon.com on millions of items including text books. There is no minimum order size. Plus, you can upgrade to one-day shipping for $3.99 per item.

Unfortunately, Amazon Student does not give access to the new instant video service recently added as a benefit for paying Amazon Prime members.

Click here for the deal.

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Free food every day this week: Pancakes, quesadillas, burritos, tacos and Chick-fil-A fries

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It's a new month and it seems there is a freebie offer for free (or nearly free) food every day this week. Here's a roundup:

Tuesday: IHOP is offering a free stack of pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit Miami Children's Hospital, part of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Tuesday: Pollo Tropical offers a free chicken or shrimp quesadilla wrap when you donate an unwanted cell phone to benefit Women in Distress

Friday: Chick-fil-A offers free medium order of waffle fried from 2-4 p.m. awhen you ask to try the new Heinz Dip & Squeeze Ketchup.

Through Friday: Chipotle Mexican Grill offers a buy one, get one coupon foro burritos, bowls, tacos or salads after you watch a 90-second video.

Through Saturday: Taco Bell offers 88-cent Crunchwrap Supremes; limit two per customer.

Through March 8: Arby's offers a coupon for a free regular Roast Beef Sandwich with drink purchase when you sign up for Arby's Extras. The club is also sending out coupons for a free Angus 3 Cheese sandwich with purchase of a fry and a drink.

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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